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Is an ethics complaint, lawsuit sign of desperation in AG race?

(WKRG) - Just days before the runoff election, it's challenger Troy King on the attack. The former Attorney General and challenger for the Republican nomination for Attorney General first filed an ethics complaint, then a lawsuit this week.

Both complaints alleged incumbent Steve Marshall's campaign accepted illegal campaign donations that amounted to PAC to PAC transfers, hundreds of thousands of dollars in fact from the Republican Attorneys General Association or RAGA.

"RAGA, however, doesn't believe that the laws apply to them and Steve Marshall doesn't believe they apply to him either. RAGA believes that they should be able to buy and sell politicians," said King.

The Marshall campaign released a statement that called the complaints absurd, saying, "Troy King was fired by the people of Alabama in 2010 because of political stunts like this."

King alleges that RAGA compiled money from other PAC's then donated the money to Marshall's campaign. Those so-called PAC to PAC transfers are illegal in Alabama. King also alleges that much of the money was derived from out of state gambling interests.

The irony is, King too, reportedly accepted money from gambling interests. An AL.com report in June showed that King accepted $90k from 5 South Carolina companies with interests in the gaming industry.

Conservative political commentator Dale Jackson says King's latest acts are desperation.

"The fact that we're having this conversation is exactly what troy king wants, there will be no resolution before the election he can then say there's an ethics investigation," says Jackson.


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